Written by Scholastica JOSEPH

Herdsmen attacks: Ortom orders security to close all entry points

Following incessant invasion and killing of innocent Benue citizens, Governor Samuel Ortom has ordered security operatives to take proactive measures by blocking all entry points into the state.

Acting and Deputy Governor, Engr. Benson Abounu, announced this last week after he met with security chiefs in the state

Abounu, who was reacting to the continuous killings in the state, said security operatives in the past has only taken reactionary measures by coming in to push invaders away after many have been killed.

"Even with the Ex Cat Race, it was all reactionary measures but we have decided that proative measures be taken by blocking all entry points, where these attackers come from so as to forestall further attacks".

It could be recalled that herdsmen attacked Gbeji in Ukum Local government Area, last Tuesday, killing seven people in the process.

A source from the area who refused to be named told our reporter that as at Friday, 20 more dead were recovered from the bush.

It was also gathered that Fulani mercenaries killed two people in Agboghul community, 10 kilometres away from Government House, Makurdi.

The Abuja Inquirer also gathered that since the beginning of last week, some Benue communities; Aganya, Nenchi, Jandekula, to mention a few, have been under attack while more than 60 persons have been reportedly killed.

Speaking further on the killings, the Acting Governor said he has not been officially briefed on the number of deaths, "but I am aware that two people were killed in Agboghol village within Makurdi territory".

He asked for patience saying the whole security network has been reviewed during the Friday meeting and soon the whole situation would be brought under control.


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